Living Plastic-Free in Willoughby

Willoughby City Council is committed to reducing the use of single-use plastic within the local government area.


  • The plastic coffee cups, straws, bags & bottles that we use for just a few minutes are made from a material designed to last forever
  • Plastic never breaks down, it just breaks up into smaller pieces
  • Every piece of plastic that has ever been produced still exists in the world today
  • Each year 8 million tonnes of plastic leak into our oceans (the equivalent of dumping a garbage truck full of plastic each minute)
  • By 2050, there will be more plastics than fish (by weight) in our oceans
  • Plastics transfer into the food chain – carrying pollutants with them

What can we do?


  • Take your reusable cup for your coffee or take a few minutes and drink in
  • Ask your local café if they have joined Responsible Cafes – a movement that encourages people to use reusable cups by offering a discount
  • Carry your own reusable water bottle, shopping bag and fruit/veg produce bags
  • Carry a set of reusable cutlery for your take-away meals
  • Say no to the straw and refuse soy sauce fish
  • Avoid over-packaged products, shop at a Farmer’s Market or Food Co-op if there is one nearby
  • Don’t use balloons for celebrations and don’t accept a balloon from promoters (and tell them why)
  • Join Take 3 for the Sea and Plastic Free July for other practical actions you can take to reduce your plastic use.


  • Join the Better Business Partnership (BBP) and learn how to reduce your waste (as well as your energy and water)
  • Join Responsible Cafes and encourage customers to bring in reusable cups by offering a discount
  • Sign onto BBP’s Bye-Bye Plastic Program
  • Download pdf format the Plastic Free Business Kit to find out about the many ways you can reduce plastic in your business.